Document APIs Done Right

At Trailhead, we have built many enterprise-grade .NET APIs that deal with managing documents – files, photos, PDFs, etc – and in this blog I will distill some best practices that will help you optimize your API and download performance, reducing the processing burden and memory requirements for your API. These techniques work equally well […]

Microservices – Is This the Right Architecture for Me? Part One – The Problem

Microservices – have you heard the buzzword? Does this describe you? You are responsible for the architecture or product management of an enterprise sized software system. This could be an in-house system, or some software as a service system you are offering to your customers, vendors or partners. You manage or coordinate several teams of […]

Protecting Legacy .NET APIs with modern IdentityServer Tokens

Modern aspnetcore Web APIs are relatively easy to protect using Bearer Tokens issued by Duende IdentityServer. But there is a lot of legacy .NET framework code out there. This blog contains some simple tips to bring modern authentication to that world. Here is the big picture: This example starts with a legacy API written classic […]

Calling APIs with OAuth2 Access Tokens – The Easy Way!

Scenario: Your API needs to call another REST API – or your Console App or Web Job needs to call some other REST API. You can acquire an access token to that API from an OAuth2 Security Token Service such as Duende Identity Server, Okta, Auth0 or Azure Active Directory. This blog shows you how […]

Rendering QR Codes on fillable PDFs

I was recently working on a project where a fillable PDF form was populated with data and a QR code needed to be placed on the form. Here an easy way to accomplish that: First, load the form – in this example I just read it from a file. I am using this two page […]

Breaking change in AspNetCore 2.2 for SignalR and CORS

To get authenticated SignalR hubs to work, you need to allow credentials in CORS, so your aspnetcore code might look like this: services.AddCors(action => action.AddPolicy(policyName, builder => builder .AllowAnyMethod() .AllowAnyHeader() .AllowAnyOrigin() .AllowCredentials())); As of 2.2. you can no longer combine AllowAnyOrigin and AllowCredentials! You will see a warning in the debug output: warn: Microsoft.AspNetCore.Cors.Infrastructure.CorsService[11] The […]

AspNetCore – multi tenant tips and tricks

In two recent posts, I blogged about SignalR in .AspNet Core 2.1, and automating boilerplate multitenancy code in Entity Framework Core 2.1. Both these blogs alluded to knowing the identity of the calling user through claims and dependency injection. This blogs ties together those loose ends to show how that can be done. Authenticating the […]

Entity Framework Core 2.1 – Automate all that boring boiler plate!

In any real world enterprise application, you end up writing a lot of similar, tedious boilerplate code for bookkeeping . This logic results in a data model where each table is adorned with a lot of non-domain specific columns – does this look familiar?   There are three common patterns at work here: Auditing – […]

SignalR as a service in Azure

In a previous post, I wrote about using SignalR in AspNetCore. Today, I tried the next step up – SignalR as a service! You will find the announcement here. This page has more details. So why would you want to run SignalR as a service, rather than embedding your Hubs in your API or Web […]

SignalR in AspNetCore

We’ve all been waiting for the first production release of SignalR for AspNetCore, and supposedly it’s going to be out there any day now. Impatient as I am, I started using 1.0.0-preview2-final – and it rocks!  Here are some tips and tricks, including use of Dependency Injection and handling Multi Tenant scenarios. But first… a […]

Montage Portal

Montage Furniture Services provides furniture protection plans and claims processing services to a wide selection of furniture retailers and consumers.

Project Background

Montage was looking to build a new web portal for both Retailers and Consumers, which would integrate with Dynamics CRM and other legacy systems. The portal needed to be multi tenant and support branding and configuration for different Retailers. Trailhead architected the new Montage Platform, including the Portal and all of it’s back end integrations, did the UI/UX and then delivered the new system, along with enhancements to DevOps and processes.


We’ve logged countless miles exploring the tech world. In doing so, we gained the experience that enables us to deliver your unique software and systems architecture needs. Our team of seasoned tech vets can provide you with:

Custom App and Software Development

We collaborate with you throughout the entire process because your customized tech should fit your needs, not just those of other clients.

Cloud and Mobile Applications

The modern world demands versatile technology, and this is exactly what your mobile and cloud-based apps will give you.

User Experience and Interface (UX/UI) Design

We want your end users to have optimal experiences with tech that is highly intuitive and responsive.


This combination of Agile software development and IT operations provides you with high-quality software at reduced cost, time, and risk.

Trailhead stepped into a challenging project – building our new web architecture and redeveloping our portals at the same time the business was migrating from a legacy system to our new CRM solution. They were able to not only significantly improve our web development architecture but our development and deployment processes as well as the functionality and performance of our portals. The feedback from customers has been overwhelmingly positive. Trailhead has proven themselves to be a valuable partner.

– BOB DOERKSEN, Vice President of Technology Services
at Montage Furniture Services

Technologies Used

When you hit the trails, it is essential to bring appropriate gear. The same holds true for your digital technology needs. That’s why Trailhead builds custom solutions on trusted platforms like .NET, Angular, React, and Xamarin.


We partner with businesses who need intuitive custom software, responsive mobile applications, and advanced cloud technologies. And our extensive experience in the tech field allows us to help you map out the right path for all your digital technology needs.

  • Project Management
  • Architecture
  • Web App Development
  • Cloud Development
  • DevOps
  • Process Improvements
  • Legacy System Integration
  • UI Design
  • Manual QA
  • Back end/API/Database development

We partner with businesses who need intuitive custom software, responsive mobile applications, and advanced cloud technologies. And our extensive experience in the tech field allows us to help you map out the right path for all your digital technology needs.

Our Gear Is Packed and We're Excited to Explore with You

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